As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the country, new threats are emerging due to highly transmissible coronavirus variants, including Delta (B.1.617.2), a mutation of a SARS-CoV-2. First found in India, the country has experienced one of the world’s largest and ongoing outbreaks with record-high numbers of new cases each day.
According to the CDC, Delta is currently the dominant variant in the US and accounts for over 50% of positive COVID-19 samples. It is also estimated to account for approximately 95% of cases that are sequenced in the United Kingdom.
How Contagious Is the Delta Variant?
The dangers of this variant are becoming widely apparent on a global scale, and it is critical to remain prepared for the possible threat it can impose. In mid-June, the CDC recognized Delta as “a variant of concern,” as researchers are finding new information on the dramatic growth and change rate of the spread.
A Yale Medicine epidemiologist also noted how Delta is spreading 50% faster than Alpha, which was 50% more contagious than the original strain of SARS-CoV-2. Dr. Wilson says:
- “In a completely unmitigated environment—where no one is vaccinated or wearing masks—it’s estimated that the average person infected with the original coronavirus strain will infect 2.5 other people.
- “In the same environment, Delta would spread from one person to maybe 3.5 or 4 other people.”
Importance of Getting Vaccinated
If Delta continues to spread fast, people who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are most at risk. In the U.S., there is a disproportionate number of unvaccinated people and so far, there’s no vaccine available in the U.S. for young children and adolescents. A recent study from the United Kingdom showed that children and adults under 50 were 2.5 times more likely to become infected with Delta, making this increasingly worrisome.
As older age groups continue to get vaccinated, a vulnerable population will be those who are younger and are still unvaccinated.
The most important thing you can do to protect yourself from Delta is to get fully vaccinated. Regardless if you have gotten one or not, it’s also important to follow CDC prevention guidelines that are available for vaccinated and unvaccinated people. At Advanced ER, we offer testing and vaccinations at our offices. Our medical professionals have the necessary treatments, resources, and technology needed for any concerns regarding COVID-19.
To schedule an appointment or if you have additional questions about the COVID Delta variant, don’t hesitate to contact one of our staff members at (214) 494-8222 at Advance ER today!